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Syllabification: cu·ri·os·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌkyo͝orēˈäsədē

Definition of curiosity in English:

noun (plural curiosities)

1A strong desire to know or learn something: filled with curiosity, she peered through the window curiosity got the better of me, so I called him
More example sentences
  • And I am consumed by curiosity and a desire to know what on earth this cool thing is going to be like.
  • In his essay on Leonardo, Freud even derives curiosity and the desire for knowledge from sexuality.
  • The latter is a moralistic bore who puts intellectual curiosity second to her desire to pontificate.
interest, spirit of inquiry, inquisitiveness
2A strange or unusual object or fact: he showed them some of the curiosities of the house
More example sentences
  • And amidst the displays of oddities and curiosities, the museum of anatomy was in some ways the oddest and most curious.
  • Collectors paid much greater sums for medical curiosities.
  • The unusual surface textures of fossil cycads have been interesting curiosities to collectors for a long time.


late Middle English: from Old French curiousete, from Latin curiositas, from curiosus (see curious).


curiosity killed the cat

proverb Being inquisitive about other people’s affairs may get you into trouble.
Example sentences
  • Defending, he said: ‘This is a case where curiosity killed the cat.’
  • Stuffed as we were, however, curiosity killed the cat - and it very nearly took us with it as we recklessly agreed to share a devilled chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream.
  • I won't reveal any more of the plot than that, but if there's a moral to this story, it's that old truism that says that curiosity killed the cat.

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